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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 27, 2016

White House Encourages States To Ban Non-Compete Agreements, Illinois Attorney General Agrees

The Obama administration is urging states to ban unnecessary non-compete agreements that can hinder wage growth and labor market competition. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who has been active in the push to limit improper non-competes, commended the White House's call to action.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 28, 2016

Cook County Officials Press For Action On Youth Unemployment To Combat Chicago Violence

At a state hearing Thursday, Cook County commissioners urged for action on youth unemployment policies to help address gun violence in Chicago.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Aug 10, 2015

Child Care Advocates Rally Against Budget Impasse, Call Rauner A 'Budget Bully' (VIDEO)

Gov. Bruce Rauner is a "budget bully," according to a group of child care advocates and Illinois legislators who rallied in Chicago on Monday against the state's ongoing budget impasse and changes to the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

"Ladies and gentlemen, this governor is out of control," said state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago). "There are certain things that you're not supposed to mess with. You're not supposed to mess with my child."

Flowers joined other members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and Child Care Advocates United, an association of about 300 Illinois child care providers, at a rally outside of the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St.

As they called on Rauner to find additional revenue to pass a balanced budget, the ralliers decried new CCAP eligibility requirements that went into effect after the state entered the 2016 fiscal year on July 1 without a spending plan.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jun 22, 2015

The Pope's Climate Change Encyclical 'Raises Urgency' For IL Clean Energy Bill, Advocates Say

After Pope Francis called for climate action in an encyclical on the environment last week, local faith leaders and state Sen. Jacqueline Collins say Illinois lawmakers could help carry out the pope's message by approving a pending clean energy bill.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Oct 15, 2013

Low-Wage Fast Food Jobs Cost IL Taxpayers $368 Million A Year, Report Finds

Low-wages paid by the multi-billion dollar fast-food industry force 51 percent of Illinois' fast food workers to rely on public assistance programs to cover basic needs, costing taxpayers in the state $368 million annually, a new report from the University of California at Berkeley shows. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Tue Mar 22, 2011

Fighting Foreclosures: State Legislators Look For Answers

State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Broadview) convened a panel of bankers, researchers, community leaders, and state officials in Chicago to talk about ways to stop foreclosures.

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by Adam Doster
Mon Apr 12, 2010

Proposed Foreclosure Mediation Fee "Just Pennies For The Banks"

Following-up on our initial coverage from late last month, the Tribune reported today that House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is serious about pursuing legislation that would place a $1,000 fee on any foreclosure sale in Illinois and funnel those proceeds into mediation programs.